By Megha Bahree
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- People enjoy a stroll at Delhi’s Humayun Tomb.
When New Delhi was made the capital of India a 100 years ago, the site was already dotted with impressive Mughal buildings and the city’s ancient heritage was one of the factors that attracted the British to Delhi.
The restoration of the Nizamuddin heritage precinct—a public -private partnership between the Archaeological Survey of India (the premier organization responsible for archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage under the federal government), a couple of city agencies, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust—has been underway since mid-2008. Apart from the Mughal emperor’s mausoleum, it includes a nursery (Sundar Nursery) and a village (Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti). The three together cover some 200 acres of land and include at least 75 medieval monuments, making it the densest ensemble of medieval Islamic monuments in India, say Mr. Nanda. (…)
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